Celebrated for her ability to make unlikely combinations taste effortlessly meant to be, Milk Bar owner and chef Christina Tosi jumped at the opportunity to create a birthday cake with the powerful punch of cheetle dust. A lifelong lover of Cheetos, the task was more than work — it was personal. “One of my dirty dessert secrets for years has been taking a tub of creamy, dreamy vanilla frosting and dipping Cheetos in it,” Tosi told Mashed in an exclusive interview. The crunchy snack was even her most coveted pregnancy craving! When Frito-Lay asked her to make a cake for Cheetos’ monumental 75th birthday, she knew her “dirty little dessert secret” would be the perfect starting point.
Tosi’s creation is filled with thoughtful little surprises, like layers of Cheeto crumbs hidden between the cake and cheddar cheese-infused vanilla icing. “Literally, the secret weapon is Cheetle, which is the secret ingredient of all things Cheeto,” said Tosi. Beyond that, she claimed “imagination and creativity” are two other essential ingredients.
While a vanilla birthday cake flavored with Cheetos may sound a little out there for less adventurous eaters, Tosi explained how cheese and dessert are a natural pairing. “With Cheetos, this Cheetle, because it’s dairy … it’s so close to sweetness,” she told Mashed. Don’t believe her? Try it out for yourself. The limited edition cakes are available at Milk Bar’s website and flagship stores beginning September 7.